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Saved by uncleflo on January 4th, 2019.
As an entrepreneur, one of the most important tasks you can perform is getting your idea(s) out from your head into a tangible format so that you can communicate that with others. In the past, this usually meant a well-researched business plan, that would usually take weeks (more like months) to create. I turn to the Lean Canvas to help me quickly formulate possible business models, product launches, campaigns and variations of, and communicate this with my stakeholders for my Lead Flow Method work. Having the Lean Canvas as a visual guide made this part “communicating the model/idea” so much more effective — and I think the most valuable function of the tool. The problem with business plans for startups & entrepreneurs are that they’re a waste of time, don’t get me wrong a well-researched business plan is important but only at the right stage of your business (usually when you’re in growth/investment). This quote from Steve Blank sums up this point in case: “Business Plan: a document investors make you write, that they don’t read”. The key fundamental to Lean methodology is the elimination of waste — this includes time, processes, inventory and more. So as a lean startup you need a quicker way to get ideas out of your head, you need to stay lean & avoid waste — so, it’s time to introduce Lean Canvas.
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Saved by uncleflo on June 12th, 2013.
The Royal Scotsman is Scotland's very own luxury cruise train, offering 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 night tours of the Scottish Highlands. Run by the same people who operate the Venice Simplon Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman sets the same top-end standards of service, accommodation & cuisine. They aim to create the atmosphere of a Scottish 5-star country house hotel, and they succeed. The 9-coach train carries a maximum of only 36 passengers with a passenger to staff ratio of just 3:1, so it does indeed feel very exclusive. Having experienced the Royal Scotsman, I have to say that it's a pretty unbeatable combination of superb scenery on Britain's most amazing train routes, country-house all-inclusive luxury with great food, wine & service plus some extremely well-chosen off-train excursions. A trip on the Royal Scotsman doesn't come cheap, but if it's a special occasion or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a lot of Scotland in a very short time, you really won't be disappointed.
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